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Drive with a Le Mans Legend During Primland’s Racing Experience

Shaun Tolson
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Drive with a Le Mans Legend During Primland’s Racing Experience

Southern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, with its sweeping curves over rolling hills, has long been a siren’s call to driving enthusiasts. Now, however, the region gives them an opportunity to truly test their motorsports mettle with Primland’s Racing Experience—from August 13 through 15.

Southern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, with its sweeping curves over rolling hills, has long been a siren’s call to driving enthusiasts. Now, however, the region gives them an opportunity to truly test their motorsports mettle with Primland’s Racing Experience—from August 13 through 15.

Primland resort’s three-day package begins with a welcome dinner hosted by endurance racecar drivers Harold Primat and Tom Kristensen, the latter of whom has finished first at the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record nine times. On Monday, helicopters will be waiting to whisk guests away to Virginia International Raceway where individuals can drive an Audi R8 around a track that Kristensen says has “one of the best flows of any racetrack in the world,” thanks to a general layout originally built for dirt racing. After spending time behind the wheel, participants will slide over to the passenger seat as Kristensen and Primat take control for a few high-speed hot laps.

Finally, there will be a chance to race the pros in a karting competition before returning to the resort (via helicopter) for a cocktail reception and a buffet of Southern soul food. On the last day, guests can either play in a golf tournament on Primland’s Donald Steel–designed course or enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that include shooting (with guided instruction) at the resort’s sporting clays course and horseback riding. The racing-experience package is limited to 20 people (along with their non-driving companions) and is priced at $8,500. (primlandracingexperience.com)

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